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ORANGES AND SUNSHINE tells the story of Margaret Humphreys (Emily Watson, two-time Academy Award® nominee for Breaking the Waves and Hilary and Jackie), a social worker from Nottingham who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals of recent times: the deportation of thousands of children from the United Kingdom to Australia. Children as young as four had been told that their parents were dead and been sent to children’s homes on the other side of the world. Many were subjected to appalling abuse. They were promised oranges and sunshine; they got hard labor and life in institutions.
Almost single-handedly, against overwhelming odds and with little regard for her own well-being, Margaret reunited thousands of families, brought authorities to account and drew worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice.
Profound movie. Before this film I had only heard a bit about this type of deportation so this provided a lot of insight. Very sad situation but very educational movie.Published 1 day ago by LimeyLe
Unbelievable that this could even have occurred with so many people involved. My heart broke for the victims who suffered such archaic behavior from supposedly civilized, educated... Read morePublished 7 days ago by mary ann gonzalez
Great film. I watch most true films for and by Australians. I never knew about these British children and how they got to Australia.Published 8 days ago by Joyce S. Howe
Wonderful true story. I remember hearing something about this; however I didn't realize exactly what was done to these children and their families. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Diana in NV
This is a must see. Obviously, the social worker could not have undertaken this enormous task without the loving support of her husband.Published 12 days ago by Sherry Lee
Thoroughly enjoyed the film, but it was very helpful to have read the book, Empty Cradles, beforehand. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Kindle Customer
What a wonderful movie and very sad. God bless the children who went through this. Always remember, man hurt you, but God loves you.Published 15 days ago by PeanutFL
I had never heard about the British shipping kids out of country before. Learned a lot but definitely not a fun movie. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Donna12
it does a good job of showing the toll that whistle-blowing takes, especially for someone who stumbles into the role of whistle-blower and is not temperamentally suited to be a... Read morePublished 17 days ago by ABC